From having one old, but classic, black Burberry trench coat in my wardrobe I suddenly seem to have acquired another four. How did this happen? Well, having the wettest June on record was one factor, and the other was the Vetements effect.
The label-of-the-moment sent a classic beige mackintosh down the autumn/winter 2016 catwalk and where Vetements goes others follow; soon the runways were flooded with beige trench coats. Suddenly my black one needed some friends. Call it camel, call it stone, call it honey, whatever you call it, my black one just wasn't cutting it anymore.
Burberry London Kensington Mid-Length Garbardine Trench £1295, MatchesFashion.com
The first addition was the Alexa for M&S trench with plaid lining. More oversized with a wider sleeve, but it was the khaki green colour I fell in love with.
Alexa for M&S, The Frances Trench
I then decided I needed the A.P.C. trench from making of the video above. It fits really well which makes it look smart. A forever piece. Just below the knee so great with skirts and trousers.
A.P.C Cotton Gabardine Trench £405.00, Matchesfashion.com
Next came the Finery one. This comes in navy, too, but I love the finish on the beige version - it's all about raw edges. It also has a nice heavy textured feel and is longer than the rest so works perfectly with all the longer lengths and new proportions this season.
Finery Felsham Bonded Trench Coat, £165.00
And, last but not least, I am now the proud owner of an exquisite two-tone Erdem trench. Inspired by my current love affair with this hard-working classic.
Erdem Meira Trench Camel & Black, £1625.00
Above is a video to show you five super-chic ways to style a trench, but as a super quick guide, pick one of the easy options here:
1. Find a thick piece of black ribbon and tie in a bow at the front of your buttoned-up trench.
2. Tie the belt in a firm knot at the front.
3. Loosely tie the belt at the back and roll up the sleeves.
4. Throw casually over your shoulders.
5. Layer it up (I'm wearing a denim jacket under mine).